a-musement

webser 1828 dictionary

muse = “to ponder; to think closely; to study in silence”

eg I muse on the works of thy hands – psalm 143:5

definitions of prefix a- from the people’s dictionary https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/a-

1: not, without, opposite of – eg amoral, asymmetry, atheism, asexual, acyclic, atypical (all pronounced with long “a”) called an alpha privative has origins in Greek

2: – – – i was going to write a post about how “amusement” meant to not muse or to not ponder and think deeply so we should eschew the idea of amusement

then i looked up etymology for amusement on the people’s dictionary and it seemed to come from old french for a- muse and the a- part comes from latin ad- which means “tending toward” but the definition listed for the old french “amuser” was “to stupefy, waste time, be lost in thought” which at first seemed contradictory

so it seems that the etymology for “amusement” is really “tending to make someone lost in though” so it is kind of the idea of someone wasting their time by thinking too much

not quite what i was expecting and not what is typically meant by amusement

i guess modern amusement is a double wammy: thoughtless and a time-waster